James Martin Richard Farndale was born in Winchester and schooled at the Edinburgh Academy.
He was mainstay of the international under-20 side from an early age, featuring in no fewer than three IRB Junior World Championships (2012, 2013 and 2014) and finished his final tournament as joint, all-time top try-scorer (10).
Farndale added to his international honours when Calum MacRae, selected him to play in the final leg of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series at Twickenham in London. Farndale scored a try against Kenya that weekend in his first match in a Scotland 7s jersey.
He continued with Scotland 7s in the 2015/16 season and proved a great additiion to the squad in being named as Player of the Season and finishing as the side's top try-scorer (27). Farndale was a key feature in Scotland's first ever Cup win on the World Series, in London.
Farndale was recognised for his outtanding season it the dark blue of Scotland, and recieved a call-up to GB 7s, the wider training group for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He represented Edinburgh at under-16 level in 2009 and 2010, and was included in the extended Scotland under-17 squad that travelled to Valladolid in Spain, in 2010.
Aside from rugby, he has represented Scotland against England, Ireland and Wales in pentathlon. He also played bagpipes for the school pipe band and sang in the choir.